• Danielle Brooks heading to Broadway in 'The Color Purple'

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Danielle Brooks is going from orange to purple — jumping from "Orange Is the New Black" on TV to a Broadway stage in the upcoming "The Color Purple" revival. The actress, who plays Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson on the Netflix series, will play the proud, no-nonsense Sofia in the production directed and designed by John Doyle. She'll play the role Oprah Winfrey had in the film. "My body is having an out-of-body experience," she said Wednesday by phone from a writers' workshop in New Harmony, Indiana. "I'm so shocked and honored and grateful." The cast also includes Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery and Cynthia Erivo as Celie. All three women will be making their Broadway debuts. Performances start Nov

  • David Duchovny takes a dangerous '60s trip in 'Aquarius'

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Between wrapping "Californication" and the return of "The X-Files," David Duchovny is making a detour to the mind-bending 1960s. In NBC's drama "Aquarius," he plays a Los Angeles police detective whose search for a missing teen leads to a would-be rock star destined to become the era's bogeyman: Charles Manson. "Aquarius," which airs weekly after its 9-11 p.m. EDT Thursday debut, also will be available for online binging. In a network experiment that echoes a Netflix-style release, NBC is putting the full 13-episode season on NBC.com, the NBC app and other video-on-demand platforms following the premiere.

  • Falling museum visitor grabs at, smashes ancient Greek vase

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    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's culture ministry says a millennia-old pottery vase in a southern museum has been damaged after a visitor who lost her balance tried to hold onto the exhibit and crashed down with it. A ministry statement says the prehistoric, Minoan-era vase, which had been broken in antiquity and restored after excavation, is being repaired and should be back on display on Friday. The accident occurred on May 23 at the Museum of Iraklio, on the island of Crete, and the visitor suffered a minor leg injury, the ministry said Wednesday. It said that the accident damaged the section of the vase that had already been restored in the past.

  • How 'Wolf Hall' director Jeremy Herrin keeps audiences rapt

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    NEW YORK (AP) — If the Tony Award for best director was handed out on quantity alone, Jeremy Herrin would easily be the winner. He has helmed the double bill stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Tudor-era "Wolf Hall" saga and the sheer amount of work the Englishman has done over six hours of spellbinding theater is astounding. Herrin trained at both the National Theatre and the Royal Court, where he became deputy artistic director in 2009 until 2012. He is currently the artistic director of Headlong theater company, which is known for its bold, fresh works. In his hands, "Wolf Hall," which follows Thomas Cromwell as he maneuvers through the court of King Henry VIII, feels less like a slog through history and more like

  • Legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark dies at 75

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Mary Ellen Mark, one of the premier documentary photographers of her generation, died Monday at age 75, CNN reports. Mark's photography spanned decades and her subjects ranged from celebrities to world leaders to those at the fringe of society, including prostitutes, the homeless and members of the Ku Klux Klan. Mark's most recent project was an exploration of New Orleans to mark the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The project will be published later this summer by CNNMoney.

  • Sitcom actor Diamond accused in bar stabbing goes on trial

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    PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — The actor who portrayed Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell" is headed to trial in southeastern Wisconsin where he's accused of stabbing a man during a confrontation at a bar. Dustin Diamond is expected in Ozaukee (oh-ZAH'-kee) County Circuit Court Wednesday for the start of his trial on a felony charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and two misdemeanors — disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Diamond stabbed a man with a pocket knife during an argument at The Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington on Christmas Day.

  • U2 brings its high-tech 'Innocence & Experience' tour to LA

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    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — U2's latest live show included a call to fight AIDS, condemnation of the 1974 car bombings in Ireland, the voice of Stephen Hawking, high-tech stage gimmicks and just over two hours of music, including most of its 2014 album, "Songs of Innocence." The Irish quartet brought its "Innocence & Experience" tour to the Forum Tuesday, the first of five nights in the Los Angeles area. Launched earlier this month in Vancouver, Canada, the North American and European tour continues through Nov. 15. Performing together since 1976, front man Bono, guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. know how to put on a rock show.

  • Historian, author of 'The Pacific' Hugh Ambrose dies at 48

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    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen Ambrose, has died at age 48. Ambrose died of cancer Saturday in Helena, sister Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs said Tuesday. Hugh Ambrose began research for "The Pacific" with his father, and he carried on after Stephen Ambrose's death in 2002. That culminated in the book and a 2010 HBO miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks that tells the story of the war's Pacific Theater through the eyes of individual Marines.

  • US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes

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    ROME (AP) — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections. Italy has been on a campaign to recover looted artifacts, using the courts and public shaming to compel museums and collectors to return them, and has won back several important pieces. The items returned Tuesday were either spontaneously turned over to U.S. authorities or seized by police after investigators noticed them in Christie's and Sotheby's auction catalogues, gallery listings, or as a result of customs searches, court cases or tips.

  • Actor Sam Shepard arrested for drunken driving in Santa Fe

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    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Santa Fe restaurant's security complained about a possibly intoxicated driver. The 71-year-old Shepard told a police officer that he had two tequila drinks and was planning to drive home, Santa Fe police Lt. Andrea Dobyns said Tuesday. "Our officer could smell alcohol on his breath, and he had bloodshot, watery eyes," she said. Shepard was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated outside La Choza restaurant in downtown. The restaurant's security called police about 7:45 p.m. Monday concerned about an intoxicated driver, Dobyns said.

  • 'Tomorrowland' nets a soft $42.7 million holiday debut

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's original fantasy adventure "Tomorrowland" ended up earning slightly more in its debut than Monday estimates suggested with $42.7 million across the holiday weekend. While that's within the range of what the studio and analysts predicted going into the four-day weekend, it's going to be an uphill battle for the film starring George Clooney to make up its reported $180 million production budget. Holdovers "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" experienced modest drops in their second weekends in theaters and took the second and third place spots, while "Avengers: Age of Ultron" added another $28.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $411.4 million. Fox's "Poltergeist" remake opened in

  • Broadway's box office and attendance figures hit records

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway's revenue and attendance figures both hit record highs for the third season in a row, fed largely by premium prices and a steady stream of more shows. The Broadway League said Tuesday that box offices reported a record total gross of $1.36 billion — up from $1.27 billion from the previous season. The trade association for theater owners, operators and producers said attendance was up 7.3 percent to 13.1 million. The numbers were boosted by steadily increasing ticket prices, high demand from tourists swelling Times Square, reconfigured seating in some theaters, easier tools to buy tickets and the use of premium-priced seating, in which some tickets are snapped up for very high amounts.

  • Newport festival to mark 50th year since Dylan went electric

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — This year's Newport Folk Festival plans to pay tribute to the moment when Bob Dylan made rock history by going electric 50 years ago. The festival, noted for introducing performers who later became big stars, will have a secret lineup of musicians billed as '65 Revisited. Festival producer Jay Sweet said on Tuesday that nearly a dozen contemporary musicians are included in an "all-star lineup," but the audience won't know who they are until they take the stage to close the festival with a "massive" set celebrating Dylan's 1965 performance. Dylan first appeared at Newport as a guest of Joan Baez in 1963.

  • Kobe Bryant Signs With WME

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    With the next NBA season widely considered to be his last, Kobe Bryant has quietly signed with WME, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. Although his marketing contracts will continue to be handled by his Landmark Sports agent Rob Pelinka, WME will represent the 14-time All-Star in film, TV, books and digital, similar to what it does for its other superstar athlete clients, including LeBron James, whoseburgeoning Hollywood portfolio includes executive producing the Starz comedy Survivor’s Remorse, developing the Esquire docuseriesWinner’s Circle and an untitled NBC game show and playing himself in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. For his part, Bryant recently executive produced his first project, the documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse, which aired on Showtime on Feb. 28.

  • Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation. Three doctors determined that King was appropriately cared-for, and King received 24-hour care and monitoring by medical professionals "up until the time that he peacefully passed away in his sleep," attorney Brent Bryson told the AP on Monday. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege that family members were prevented from visiting while King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened th

  • The Latest: Flash flood emergency declared in Houston area

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    11:15 p.m. CDT The National Weather Service has declared a flash flood emergency for southwest Harris County in Texas as a severe storm brings heavy rain to the Houston area. The weather service reported 5 to 7 inches had fallen there Monday night and an additional 2 to 4 inches were possible. Authorities urged residents to avoid all travel. CenterPoint Energy reported nearly 63,000 customers were without power in the Houston area. An announcer at the Houston Rockets game against the Golden State Warriors asked fans not to leave because of severe weather in the area. 10:30 p.m. CDT What a sheriff described as a "pretty destructive" tornado has destroyed four homes in Central Texas, killing a man.

  • Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant away from its mother. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing after the vacation home they were staying in was swept away by rushing floodwaters in a small town popular with tourists. The baby was also missing after the twister that hit Ciudad Acuna, a city of 125,000 across from Del Rio, Texas, ripped the child's carrier from the mother's hands and sent it flying, said Victor Zamora, interior secretary of the northern state of Coahuila. Rescue workers dug through the rubble of damaged homes in a race to f

  • Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for 4 Emmys, dies

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. She was 85. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life." "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said. Born in Brooklyn on Sept. 20, 1929, she was a red-haired, Irish-Catholic girl who struck a vivid contrast to Stiller, a Jewish guy from Manhattan's Lower East Side who was two years o

  • Fashion's greatest hits, misses on the Cannes red carpet

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — Cannes' red carpet can be as kind as it is cruel when it comes to fashion. For 12 days, major Hollywood actresses such as Marion Cotillard, Emily Blunt, Naomi Watts and Sienna Miller graced the film festival's red carpet in clothes designed by the world's greatest. Yet while the best looks come to define the festival, there's almost as much interest in who got it wrong. Here are the 68th Cannes Film Festival's fashion hits and misses. ___ EMILY BLUNT Blunt has Stella McCartney to thank for her shimmering coup at the "Sicario" premiere, alongside co-stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Embroidered jewels gave the sophisticated, covered-up look a weight that oozed old-school Hollywoo

  • Protester leaves Shell ship after hanging on since Friday

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who has been hanging off the anchor chain of an Arctic oil-drilling support ship since Friday night has ended her protest north of Seattle. The Coast Guard says student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday. Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer says D'Angelo was checked for hypothermia and then released. D'Angelo spent the weekend attached to the ship in an environmental protest against Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off northwestern Alaska. The plans also have drawn large protests in Seattle, where a massive, floating drill rig is being pre




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